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Junior League of Jackson names board of directors

The Junior League of Jackson has announced the 2020-2021 Board of Directors for the organization.  The members are, front row, from left, Allison Simpson, Training and Organizational Development Vice President; Katie Browning, President-Elect; Staci McNinch, President; Kaitlyn Vassar, Membership Vice President; Tish Hughes, Sustaining Advisor. Second row: Adriane Louie, Operations Vice President; Jane Harkins, Treasurer-Elect; Kim Porter, Sustaining Advisor; Carmen ...

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ACLU of Mississippi names Dortch new executive director

The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi recently announced that Jarvis Dortch, former member of the Mississippi State House of Representatives, will join the affiliate as its new executive director beginning July 13. Dortch has represented the people of District 66 since 2016. While in the legislature he served on the Agriculture, Education, Insurance, Medicaid, and Public Health committees. Prior ...

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Bridges named Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society has announced the hiring of Christy Bridges. Beginning July 6, she will serve as Community Development Manager and staff partner for Real Men Wear Pink and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Central Mississippi. Previously, she was the Development Officer for the New Summit School, Go Red for Women Director for the American Heart Association, Marketing ...

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Regions Bank giving Canopy Children’s Solutions an opportunity to win $5,000

Throughout this month, Regions Bank is raising awareness and providing financial support for nonprofits serving people with autism, as well as their families. And people across Jackson are encouraged to show their support through online voting. Locally, Canopy Children’s Solutions is one of the nonprofits participating in Regions’ What a Difference a Day Makes contest. Through June 30, Regions is ...

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Former “King of Torts” Dickie Scruggs has a new mission to promote adult education

By BECKY GILLETTE The life of Richard F. “Dickie” Scruggs has been a wild ride. Once known as the “King of Torts,” he had phenomenal success with mass tort litigation on asbestos exposure in shipyard workers and then against Big Tobacco. In 1998, he won a $246 billion settlement from four of the largest tobacco companies. Scruggs said he feels ...

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Muzzi named board member for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta has announced the election of new board member, Doreen Muzzi, to their corporate board. Muzzi lives in Shaw, and works as a Senior Content Specialist for the Bader-Rutter Advertising Agency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She also owns and helps manage TKT Farms with her husband, Michael. She is originally from Hopkinton, Massachusetts. ...

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Mississippi nonprofits finding new ways to help communities

By LISA MONTI Organizations and nonprofits working to help community members of all ages are working remotely as they try to maintain contact during this stay-at-home pandemic. The arrangements aren’t ideal but managers say they’re making good use of technology to carry out their missions. The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Hancock County  work with abused and neglected children in ...

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CREATE sees record $21.3 million in contributions last year

The CREATE Foundation received a record $21.3 million in contributions last year, pushing its assets from $108.8 million at the end of 2018 to $137.3 million in 2019. Bo Collins, chairman of CREATE, said the confidence and trust in CREATE from people in Northeast Mississippi has been amazing. “While the numbers are certainly impressive, the real significance is found in ...

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Mississippi Coding Academies producing graduates whose talents are in big demand

By BECKY GILLETTE Far too many Americans end up with staggering amounts of college debt for a degree that might not allow them to find a good job. One in four Americans has student loan debt owing an average of $37,172. An alternative path is the Mississippi Coding Academies, a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 2017 that provides a free 11-month ...

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Free legal aid helps clients, employers, the community and the economy

By BECKY GILLETTE The stock market has reached record highs, unemployment has remained low, and the U.S. economic outlook is considered to be very healthy. But with Mississippi having the highest percentage of people in the country living in poverty—about one in five—many people in the state still struggle to pay for basic necessities. When something unexpected comes up like ...

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